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Professor, Graduate College University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jimena Canales is an award-winning author and scholar focusing on science in the modern world. She is currently a faculty member at the Graduate College at the University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign and is spending 2017-18 as a research affiliate at MIT. She was previously the Thomas M. Siebel Professor in the History of Science at the University of Illinois and an Associate Professor at Harvard University. Canales is the author of A Tenth of a Second and The Physicist and The Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time, voted Best Science Books for 2015 by Science Friday, NPR, Public Radio International and Brainpickings, Top Reads for 2015 by The Independent, and Books of the Year for 2016 by The Tablet.

Her scholarly work on the history of science has been published in Isis, Science in ContextHistory of Science, the British Journal for the History of Science, and the MLN, among others. Her work on visual, film and media studies has appeared in Architectural HistoryJournal of Visual Culture, and Thresholds. Canales writes frequently for general audiences publishing in The New YorkerThe AtlanticArtforumApertureNautilus and WIRED among others. She has presented her work on science and art at the Pompidou Museum, SFMOMA, the 11th Shanghai Biennale, and the Serpentine Gallery in London. She was a senior fellow at the IKKM (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie) in Germany where she is a member of the scientific advisory board and was a recipient of a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2013. Canales received her MA and PhD from Harvard University in the history of science and was awarded the “Prize for Young Scholars” of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science.